After many years of teaching both Kodaly and violin I long ago became aware of how useful it would be for beginning violin students to study the first few Suzuki violin songs from a Kodaly perspective. The transition from rote to reading music would thus be made much smoother as students could sing the songs they were learning to play. Accordingly, I have transposed the songs into singable keys, written new words and included the original German words.
Before working on the sheets listed below it is suggested that students learn to sing the words to the song first, clap and study the rhythm, then learn the solfa with the hand signs. After these skills are familiar teachers may introduce the written worksheets, quizzes and card games.
Regarding the card games – I have found them to be invaluable! Children love to play cards and are fascinated by the element of chance. Before the card game starts, the teacher actually has control by choosing the cards needed for learning or reinforcing a musical concept. There is a rhythm/solfa card game for each song. The other card games are for use with all the songs: First Liner cards; Illustrated
Song cards; solfa/hand sign cards; Emotion cards; Contrast cards.
Each song set contains the following:
1. the song in a singable key
2. a worksheet to name the solfa and notes on the staff in the original key.
3. a worksheet to name the notes and fingering on the staff in the original key.
4. a blank staff and accompanying questionnaire.
5. quiz cards to cut out and an accompanying staff sheet.
6. rhythm and solfa puzzle cards to cut out.
SONGS: Hot Cross Buns; Twinkle Little Star; Lightly Row; Song of the Wind; Go Tell Aunt Rhody; O Come Little Children; May Song.